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Padres' Blaine Boyer clears waivers, heads for free agency
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com

Padres right-handed pitcher Blaine Boyer cleared waivers Wednesday and will enter free agency, according to U-T San Diego. Boyer was designated for assignment last week.

Boyer appeared in 32 games last season for the Padres and posted a 3.57 ERA. 

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Rays designate Sean Rodriguez for assignment
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com

The Rays have designated 29-year-old Sean Rodriguez for assignment. 

Rodriguez hit .211 with 12 home runs last season. 

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Jose Molina, Cole Figueroa clear waivers, released by Rays
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com

Catcher Jose Molina and infielder Cole Figueroa cleared waivers and were released by the Rays Wednesday. 

Both Molina and Figueroa were designated for assignment Thursday. Molina, 39, hit .178 over 225 at-bats last year, while Figueroa hit .233 in 43 at-bats. 

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Rays sign right-hander Ernesto Frieri to major-league contract
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com

The Rays have announced signing of right-hand pitcher Ernesto Frieri to a one-year contract. Frieri will make a base salary of $800,000, going up to $3.15 million with incentives, according to the Tampa Tribune.

Frieri, who had a career-high 37 saves in 2013, had 11 last season with a 7.34 ERA.

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Yankees' Sabathia confident he can return to being 200-inning pitcher
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia continues to deliver positive updates coming off July knee surgery.

"The knee, I have no complaints," Sabathia told YES Network. "I’m able to do all of my workouts. … I’m changing a few things. Not as much pounding and running. I’m in the pool a lot, on different machines to get cardio, (on the) bike. Just adding a few different things to get some cardio in."

Despite coming off surgery and being limited to eight starts (46 innings) in 2014, Sabathia feels he can get back to being a 30-start, 200-inning pitcher in 2015.

"Yeah, for sure," he said. "I feel like I can. If you asked me that a couple of months ago, I would have said, ‘I don’t know,’ but the way I’m feeling now and being able to work out, definitely."

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Report: Indians expressing interest in Kendrys Morales
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com

The Indians have expressed inerest in DH/first baseman Kendrys Morales

Morales, who split time between the Twins and Mariners last season, hit .218 with 42 RBI.

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Brewers' Ryan Braun 'cautiously optimistic' coming off thumb surgery
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun is optimistic coming off October thumb surgery. Braun underwent a cryotherapy procedure in Los Angeles on Oct. 2, in which a needle was inserted at the base of his right thumb to essentially freeze a nerve.

"It definitely worked," Braun said Wednesday, per MLB.com. "It makes a huge difference."

Braun swung a bat 10 days after the procedure and was happy the pain in his thumb was gone.

"Right now, I don’t feel any [discomfort], and I haven’t been able to say that for two years," he said. "I think I’ve told you guys, it [bothered him] shaking hands, writing -- you know, just everyday activities. Now I don’t feel it at all, so I’m excited."

While Braun is definitely optimistic, he is also a bit cautious because he isn't in the grind of playing baseball every day. He has received full clearance, however, for all offseason activities.

"I’m encouraged by how it feels, but at the same time, I think I have to be cautiously optimistic [until] I get into spring training and see how it responds," Braun said. "But it hasn’t felt this good in a really long time."

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Alderson: Mets would 'consider' losing another pick to sign player
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

The Mets already gave up their first-round pick in 2015 to sign veteran outfielder Michael Cuddyer, who was given a qualifying offer by the Rockies. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said the team would be willing to surrender a second-round draft pick if needed to sign another player who turned down a qualifying offer, per NJ.com.

"I think we'd probably consider it," Alderson said on MLB Network Radio. "Look, if in Janaury, a player who's been extended a qualifying offer is going for in a Nelson Cruz kind of situation like last year and it's in an area of need we certainly would consider it."

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Rangers prospect Guzman involved in fatal car accident Tuesday
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com

Rangers prospect Ronald Guzman was involved in a fatal car accident in the Dominican Republic early Tuesday, according to the Associated Press. 

Guzman reportedly struck a motorcycle, killing the rider: Eleazar Garcia. The incident occurred at 1 a.m., according to the report by the Dominican Republic National Police.

Guzman's agent told Vice Sports that Guzman will be held at the precint until the judge clears him completely. He also stressed that Guzman was not drinking and that the motorcycle slammed into his SUV. 

Guzman, 20, hit .218 with six homers and 63 RBI in Class A last season.

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Red Sox GM: Cespedes 'in our plans for next year'
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com

Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said in a radio interview Wednesday that outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is in the team's plans for next year. 

“We acquired him at the deadline in the [Jon] Lester trade because we felt that was the best deal at the time, we still feel that way. He’s in our plans for next year and his versatility and skill in the outfield and gives us the flexibility, could play any of the three positions," Cherington said. "We’ll just see what the rest of the offseason brings. We have a long way to go, and as we get to January, closer to spring training, we’ll know more about who’s here and how it all adds up.”

Cespedes hit .260 with 100 RBI last season between Oakland and Boston. 

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